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  1. Bpracing1127

    Bpracing1127 Well-Known Member

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    here is some cool machining stuff we do.

    First material starts off as a big piece of alum bar 953A1516-F45D-4F4F-A623-781ECBE4DBF2.jpeg

    These here are 6”x6”x8” 6061 aluminum bars 12 feet long. We have sizes of these bars from 1”x1”x2” all the way to monsters at 15”x15”x20”.

    Next they get cut into blocks and ready for machining 5C7AFCE0-9BD5-4291-9730-01AA0EA4B3F5.jpeg 9E521F31-A58B-443B-9931-BF760A46197D.jpeg

    As you can see they have started the machining process.

    Some more progress 367162C0-2548-4BD0-8402-FDC4C48DC819.jpeg 83EACCA0-0F19-445F-91D8-9D7F0FA3D87C.jpeg

    After many hours, tool changes and setups they start to look something like this 84356846-6A91-416B-88A8-A6D43B4F12FD.jpeg 5F77A9B8-3EF8-4930-8876-89758BA4BF62.jpeg

    These will end up going on a KC-135 refueling tanker for Boeing. They are the flanges that connect the fuel tanks to the boom on this aircraft to refuel F-35 and F-22 raptors.

    Onto to something else.
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    This is a piece that ends up on a Cessna plane. Not sure what is does. But it’s made from inconel


    This here is a cool duct for space rockets. It’s all hand made from inconel and has a lot of man hours into shaping this 9306A644-79E2-4D6A-9A6B-B0121821B789.jpeg 7C4DC43F-C04D-4DED-9929-371912DDDF71.jpeg

    It’s a 20” wide duct. This all started from plate that was bent


    These are cool hydraulic delivery systems for space programs 881F9829-BE44-4FA7-AA70-E80D221A648B.jpeg 167D2D50-983E-4D38-87D7-FD899D24CA1E.jpeg


    That is just a taste of what we do, enjoy
     

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    82daytona Well-Known Member

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    Impressive


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    Done-it-again Well-Known Member

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    Cool stuff. I just had to google "inconnel"
     
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    Riverfamlee Well-Known Member

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    Very bad ass right there. Pretty sure military/aircraft specs are ridiculous to achieve
     
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    Bpracing1127 Well-Known Member

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    Whoops sorry, fixed now
     
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    monkeyswrench Well-Known Member

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    Damn, that's impressive stuff! Aircraft and spacecraft...and hand formed inconel to boot!
     
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    AZMIDLYF Well-Known Member

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    Awesome..thanks for showing us.
     
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    Backlash Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to see a picture of the chips bins! I imagine they are large and full!!!
     
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    Do you weld up the metal hose assemblies?
     
  10. Headless hula

    Headless hula Well-Known Member

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    Pretty bad ass pics of where you work Ian!!

    (Better than most pics Brian ever posted)......:eek: too soon?
     
  11. brianwhiteboy

    brianwhiteboy Professional Lurker

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    I edited an Excel spreadsheet at work today :rolleyes:

    That is some badass machining. Thanks for sharing! :cool:
     
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    I took the day off...:D

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    No way I could be a machinist in today's world. I just can't wrap my head around that 4th dimension. I can see 6"X8"X12' or 6"X6"X12', but that 4th one messes with my mind.
     
  14. Bpracing1127

    Bpracing1127 Well-Known Member

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    Yes all welded by hand.
     
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    Bpracing1127 Well-Known Member

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    I miss his pictures so I figured I would add some more
     
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    "Hashtag" NOTED......
     
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    Superb machine work. You should be proud.
    Glad they havent moved everything "over there" like everyone else.
     
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    WhatExit? Well-Known Member

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    Very cool. There used to be another inmate here that did some nice machining too
     
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    cool. How much does 15x15x20 bars cost? Would love to get my hands on one of those.
     
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    Bpracing1127 Well-Known Member

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    Around $100 per foot.
     
  21. monkeyswrench

    monkeyswrench Well-Known Member

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    Looking at the quality of the parts, equipment and machine work, I just can't help but laugh at the idea I own a tig welder, but seem to use hammers and an old anvil a lot lately:eek:

    I'm more on the "trailing edge" of technology ;)
     
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